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  • Brittney Williams

INTERVIEW WITH… LOS ANGELES RAP ROCKER SMILEZ

Updated: May 11

| MEET SMILEZ |

SMILEZ is a rising Los Angeles rapper, musician, and producer who just dropped his debut album ‘Ur in My World’. His sound is a genre-blending mix of rock-edged hip-hop beats that he self-produces, incorporating samples. Now that he is quickly carving out a fanbase with tracks like ‘Someday’. Which samples a part of the early Aughts band The Strokes song of the same name. Then ‘Coffee Queen’, a gen z take on finding your one and only. The artist known for his vibrant sunny yellow-hued persona (all puns intended), as much as his deadpan rap delivery, answered some questions for The Reclusive Blogger, which you can read below. SMILEZ talks about his influences, debut record, and how SMILEZ acquired his name.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Thanks for taking some time out for a few questions. So, how has your 2023 been both professionally and personally, if you mind me asking?


SMILEZ: It’s been amazing, I’ve been really locked in on my craft this year. If I’m not in the studio I’m making music videos all the time. Right now I’m in Tokyo, so I’m on a high so I can’t complain about this year at all.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let's talk about how you got into the music scene, where the music persona SMILEZ came from, and how it all fits into where you are today?


SMILEZ: I’ve been making music for years since I was a little kid really. I’ve always loved punk rock and hip-hop. When I started going by SMILEZ it was just this lighthearted like fuck it why not go by some ridiculous name Its memorable which is what I liked. The name just fits the color aesthetic which Is kind of a color theme to my music videos etc. Yellow and bright colors musically I’m always on those 2 lines of punk rock and hip hop.




THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was the recording and writing process like for the album ‘Ur in My World’? Was it any different that any of your past experiences creating music?


SMILEZ: It was mainly different because I was making it with the whole project in mind. Most of my older music was just kind of random songs I had made. I made this whole album at home. Recording vocals and guitars myself and producing the whole thing. I love working with people but I wanted this to be very personal so I just was like fuck it ill do it myself. I wanted it to be a transparent look at my life.




THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: One of my favorite tracks off the record and the catchiest as well is “Someday”. I loved how you incorporated The Strokes sample. Can you talk more about how that came together? Is the blending of rock and hip-hop something that you did for this album or is that just innate in your music?


SMILEZ: Both, it kind of happens naturally but I love that idea of mixing rock and hip-hop in a new cool way. Blending both elements of the production and songwriting. The idea of what would the strokes or Nirvana sound like if they started today always interests me.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was it like opening up for such hip-hop and rap names like Wiz Khalifa and the passed-on JuiceWRLD?


SMILEZ: They were both insane experiences. I love performing so its just a pure rush for me. To be around Iconic artists like that was just inspiring.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was the last album you played that had no skips?


SMILEZ: Lil Uzi Vert Pink Tape would be the closest thing to no skips but I probably would skip the track with Travis Scott.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What fictional character do you think would most identify with the SMILEZ sound and aesthetic?


SMILEZ: Pikachu, for the color theme, and Batman because that’s who I aspire to be



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Who are three artists from any type of artistic world, it doesn't have to be music, that influence you the most as a creative?


SMILEZ: Since we just mentioned Batman, Christopher Nolan as a director is inspiring for sure.

-I’m in Tokyo right now I’m definitely very inspired by the art and culture here.

-Anything that is cool and interesting to me

Thanks for the interview time, SMILEZ

Stream his debut album, “Ur in My World” here.

Watch “Someday on YouTube here

 

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